Type of site
|Headquarters||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Area served||United States, Canada|
|Key people||Christian Dumontet (Chairman, CEO, owner)|
Jim Ricotta (COO)
|Industry||Online food ordering|
|Written in||Java, Scala, Objective-C|
Foodler Inc. was an American online food ordering service that connected consumers with a wide variety of restaurants for immediate delivery. The company’s website, www.foodler.com, ranked restaurants according to consumer feedback with recommendations based on order history, user ratings, discounts, and free delivery. Users could rank specific dishes. Foodler also remembered users’ favorite foods, addresses, payment, and tip preferences to speed up the ordering process.
As of May 2017, the company had generated food sales of over $500 million. In June 2017, Foodler agreed to be acquired by competitor GrubHub, and on October 17, 2017, the Foodler website shut down and all ordering migrated to GrubHub.
Delivery via Foodler was available from more than 12,000 restaurants in 48 states across the US. The company had more than 1,200 restaurants available on its platform within the Boston area. Jeff Zamiri, owner of Sorento’s Italian Restaurant located in the Greater Boston area, indicated that partnering with Foodler grew the business by “at least 10%"
Features and services
Foodler's Best Bets section selected up to 18 restaurants to display at the top of users’ listing page based on a variety of factors including customer ratings, past orders, cuisine, cost, and available discounts. Restaurants often offered Foodler customers exclusive specials, deals, and instant rebates.
In April 2013, the company began accepting Bitcoins as payment, making it the first food ordering service to accept the electronic currency. Users could use Bitcoins to purchase gift certificates for Foodler.
Foodler's rewards program allowed customers to earn points on each order which could be redeemed for FoodlerBucks, T-shirts, cash, or gift cards. The company also launched Foodler@work, allowing companies to pre-order food deliveries for small or large groups, as well as special events and parties.
The company released its iPhone app in April 2013. The app supported geolocation via GPS to assist customers in locating delivery options. Customer details were synced with the web site, including points, payment options, and delivery preferences.
Christian Dumontet, CEO & co-founder, was named as a finalist in the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award.
In 2014, Foodler was recognized as the #16 fastest growing private company in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.
Later in 2014, Foodler was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America's fastest-growing private companies.
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